MADRID — Alex de la Iglesia‘s A Sad Trumpet Ballad took 15 nominations for the Spanish Film Academy’s Goya Awards, with Agustin Villaronga‘s Black Bread running a close second with 14 and Iciar Bollain‘s Even the Rain, snagging 13.
De la Iglesia’s film, set against the Spanish Civil War and focusing on two circus clowns in love with the same person, will vie for the top prizes against Bread, Rain— Spain’s bid for an Oscar nomination — and Rodrigo Cortes’ Ryan Reynolds-starrer Buried, which landed 10 nominations.
At the ceremony announcing the nominations, De la Iglesia, also president of the Spanish Film Academy, highlighted the fact that Spanish filmmakers are adapting to the market evidenced by the fact that not all of the top-nominated films were Spanish language. Black Bread is in the Catalan regional language and Buried is in English.
“We have to open up,” De la Iglesia told reporters after the awards were announced. “The way to survive a crisis is to change, look for new markets, like the international market.”
Javier Bardem received one of the eight nominations for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s weighty Biutiful and will compete in the best actor category against his close friend Luis Tosar, who stars opposite Gael Garcia Bernal in Rain. Rounding out the category are Reynolds and Ballad‘s Antonio de la Torre.
Meanwhile Belen Rueda, who stars in Julia’s Eyes, will face Elena Anaya (Room in Rome), Emma Suarez (La Mosquitera) and Nora Navas (Bread) in the best actress category.
The academy plans to pull out all the stops for the 25th edition of the prestigious awards ceremony to be held Feb. 13. The academy will move the gala to Spain’s majestic Royal Theater, as opposed to Madrid’s congress hall where it is regularly held.
De la Iglesia, who has masterfully bolstered the academy’s standing and healed deep grudges amongst members, said he was negotiating the presence of Spanish national soccer team goalkeeper and homeboy Spanish hero Iker Casillas and Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa.
When asked about a possible conflict of interest in holding positions at the academy and being nominated, De la Iglesia said he had been prepared to resign, but found it unnecessary, while vice-president Bollain dismissed incompatibilities outright.
“There are other people on the board who have been nominated this year [besides herself and De la Iglesa]. That means that we are active and that is good. It’ll be a good fight,” Bollain said.